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. president obama seems very conflicted about what to do, and i'm not sure i can really blame him, but more and more cities and states are blaming obama care for cutting their government worker jobs and work hours. this ill-advised health care law is likely to cut more private sector jobs than the budget-cutting sequester. all of that and more coming up on "the kudlow report" coming up right now. ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> first up tonight's speaker of the house john boehner says republicans will not shut down the government over obama care. cnbc's john harwood has that story for us. good evening, john. >> reporter: congress returns in just over two weeks to a huge fight over government spending and debt. with no agreement in sight between the white house and congressional republicans, both sides are trying to prepare the ground for the battle and the economic bus tour president obama today tried to rally public opinion against a possibility of a government shutdown aimed at his health care law. most recently there's been threats that we would shut down the government unless we agreed to roll back the
for watching. i'm al sharpton. have a great weekend. "hardball" starts right now. >>> defending obama care. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm michael smerconish in for chris matthews. leading off tonight president obama throws down the gauntlet on republicans launching an all-out offensive against republican threats to cripple his signature achievement, obama care. in a press conference late today the president was defiant. at times he almost seemed to taunt republicans when it came to their threat to shut down the government over the issue. in attacks that were swift and surgical, he began by calling out the republican fixation of obstructionism. >> the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail, their number one priority. the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. that's hard to understand as an agenda that's going to strengthen our middle class. >> and this was his response to tea pa
hours in cairo. shannon, back to you. >> thank you very much. >>> aides to president obama say he is closely monitoring the crisis in egypt. james rosen reports from the state department on what the administration can and won't do about it. >> reporter: u.s. officials said the horrific spectacle of egyptian soldiers fighting, civil war in the most populous nation dealt a blow. he urged all parties to ceasefire and resume dialogue. >> i am convinced that path is in fact still open and it is possible, though it has been made much, much harder, much more complicated by the events today. >> reporter: susan rice briefing president obama during his vacation. his spokesman was questioned on whether the ouster of the muslim brotherhood government in july and latest support or brotherhood supporters don't make it abjectly clear they staged a coup deat that. they would have to halt aid to the military and the obama administration tap danced around it. >> what i am trying to say to you, there are certain legal obligations that go with designation of a coup, and it has been determined by seni
about the negative effects of obama care. that's their big plan? bring a tripod, smile, and make stuff up about health care? republicans are living in a fantasy world. but their extremist agenda could make millions of americans suffer in the real world. joining me now is congresswoman jan schakowsky, democrat from illinois, and joan walsh, editor at large for salon.com. thank you for coming on the show. >> thanks, reverend al. >> congresswoman, do republicans really think they can sell a government shutdown to voters back at home? >> it's hard for me to imagine. and the question is why. why do they want to shut down the government? well, i guess the way they manage the house right now, nothing is getting done. it's kind of like a government shutdown since it's the least productive congress that we've had. but what, to get rid of obama care? the majority of americans actually don't want the repeal of obama care. and it's so cynical. it's really kind of a malpractice, political malpractice that they're going into. they're going to be spending their summer not only talking about how we sh
stories that continue to eat into the second half of the obama presidency. as harry truman said if you want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying to talk about what people
to defund obama care. >> that is what everybody wants. >> the rhetoric has already started. >> nobody disagrees with the goal, just the tactics. >> their colleagues can't seem to find unity. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> the press loves to say there is a division. >> they're shouting about this. >> sometimes they get a bit frustrated. >> and that is the situation right now. >> i worry for my kids and i worry for your kids. >> michael bloomberg, not a happy man. >> when did he last speak to hillary clinton? >> a new poll for anthony weiner. >> i have a lot to prove to them as well. >> the law belongs to the people. >> hillary clinton now on the record about the defensive voting rights. >> the epidemic of election fraud. >> there is so much breaking news. >> kind of hard to process it all. >>> we have breaking news from new jersey tonight in the special primary election for new jersey senate, to replace the seat left open after the death of democratic senator frank lautenberg. the new york mayor cory booker has won the democratic primary. he defeated three opponents, congre
confronted at town hall meetings over obama care and a government shutdown threat. >> i think even if you do not believe in your heart number one it will pass, or number two it's appropriate, you need to represent us. and we're tired of having to come down on this again and again. >> let me talk to you a little bit about the consequences of what a complete government shutdown is. number one, that means your troops in the field don't get paid. military is not -- i'm sorry, yes. well, of course i wouldn't do that. but that would happen. that -- well, now i listened to your question, and i'll let you have the microphone again if you want to. >> republican tom cole getting booed for saying that it's more important to pay the troops than hold a government hostage to right-wing demands. and he is not the only one. >> this is what the tea party wants to know. will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care, yes or no? >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. do you think harry reid is going to pass anything in the senate? >> it doesn't matter. well need to show the amer
. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he -- any american strike would also come without the
has two wings. >> ask not for who the bells toll, senator. they toll for you. >> obama care is unfair, unworkable, unaffordable. >> i'm hopeful that in august house republicans will listen to the customer. >> government doesn't create jobs. >> the private sector does. >> you haven't passed a farm bill. you've only passed 4 of the 12 appropriations bills you're supposed to pass. >> what we need to have happen is leadership on the part of this president. >> as we begin this afternoon president obama returns to the white house. intelligence officials continue to monitor the terrorist threat, that closed around the country. news of the threat dominated talk shows which meant that gopers got to talk about security issues instead of the many questions being asked about the strive within their party. that is except for eric cantor who faced a serious grilling from chris wallace on fox news. >> congressman, rightly or wrongly, none of these bills that you passed with going to become law. your own members say they won't pass the senate. the president won't sign them. let's talk reality. you ha
asked this disgraced rodeo clown in an obama mask to perform in his state. it speaks volumes of where this party really is. >>> and what's on your mind? you have a comment? e-mail me. friend or foe i want to know. reply al is coming. . >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. today everyone on our site was talking about the conservative reaction to this rodeo clown in a president obama mask. phil says the ones who are defending this are the real clowns. good point, phil. melanie says not surprised about this. our president has been disrespected, challenged, and dismissed by congress. melanie, you're right. just moments ago, we learned a sitting member of congress has invited this clown to perform in his home state. more on what it means for the party coming up. but first, we want to know what you think of this clown. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and like us to join the conversation that keeps going long after the show ends. re more about the land than probably anyone else. we've had this farm for 30 years. we
to defund the obama care act. >> they should be willing to defund it. >> i oppose obama care. >> you can't really de-fund obama care. >> in de-funding obama care. >> please, stop obama care. >> cruz has found kind of a niche. >> attack on john boehner from the far right. >> john boehner is in a pretty tough spot. >> sympathy for john boehner. >> or else they will start to call it john boehner care. >> fire, egypt, immigration, the debt. >> there must be a response. >> our borders are now better staffed and better protected. >> the fire is now 20% contained. >> it is not easy being the presiden president. >> john boehner and the house republican leadership have been clearly sending the message that they are not willing to shut down the government at the end of september in order to force the president to agree to de-fund obama care. the message is simple and clear. that will not work. we can't force the president to go along with de-funding obama care. that message? simple enough has enraged some of their tea party friends and right wing radio talk show hosts. >> the republican leadership
of the obama administration's most vocal critics. in san francisco eric holder introduced new policies that would alter the way federal prosecutors and federal judges handle drug cases steering them away from mandatory minimum sentences. the goal, keep nonviolent and low level offenders out of prison, there by easing massive overcrowding and reducing the cost to taxpayers. >> as a society we pay much too high a price. our system fails to deliver outcomes that deter crime, keep us safe and ensure those who pay their debts have a chance to become productive citizens. >> the smart on crime addition is getting widespread praise on capitol hill. it fits nicely with bipartisan legislation already in the works. during his speech eric holder singled out a handful of lawmakers, among them kentucky senator rand paul who is co-sponsoring a bill that would give judges more flexibility in sentencing. afterwards senator paul returned the favor saying, quote, i'm encouraged the president and attorney general agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders promote injustice and
you back here tomorrow. lou: good evening, thank you for being with us, obama administration continued roll back of "law & order," sends attorney general eric holder to reveal latest initiative to cut prosecution of person drug crimes to withhold information and certain prosecutions about amounts of drugs involved in the crime. to reduce prison sentences in some cases. and to free some particularly alderly inmates not -- elderly inmates, not convicted of violent crimes for humanitarian reasons, administration acting to reduce drug crime sentences, obama white house ordered federal prosecutors to revamp statutes to help shield certain drug offensers from the mandatory sentences without congressional approval, here is attorney general holder today speaking before the american bar association. >> i have to today mandated a modification of the justice department charges policy so certain low-level, nonviolent drug aend toers wits offensers o drug cartels or gangs. lou: how will our attorney general fine drug offenders who use drugs that have not beenn@ provided by as he put it large scale
crime sentences, obama white house ordered federal prosecutors to revmp statut to help shield certain drug offensers from the mandatory sentences without congressional approval, here is attorney general holder today speaking before the american bar association. >> i have to today mandated a modifition of the justice department charges policy so certain low-level, nonviolent drug aend toers wits offensers o drug cartels or gangs. lou: how will our attorney general fine drug offenders who use drugs that have not beenn@ provided by as he put it large scale organizations, gangs and cartels. does not their useie them to those trial organizations and enterprises? this administration displaying in some cases utter disregard for legislative process with which to changeaw, last month president suspended mandate portion of his signature healthcare l, and defied congress, and dared congress to stop him, say, i'm not concerned about their opinions, very few of them by the way are lawyers much less constitutiol lawyers issu as i noted them a third of the house are lyerslmost half in the senate. bu
described are also people who went to work for barack obama and helped swing the election. for me there's another interesting component, which is eric holder, who you mentioned a minute ago. he's been at the center of progressive complaints about the -- now he has a chance to redeem himself a bit. we saw it yesterday, him coming out with this push against mandatory minimums, now with a chance to move ahead, it's like a real tipping point that is possible for holder's legacy over the next year or two. >> we're going to talk about the question of race, and in a bit, but to the point of the obama coalition and hillary's appeal to the obama coalition, i will read an excerpt from "the washington post" shawn sullivan says -- clinton can afford to keep a low public profile, but she simply can't be a nonfactor on the big issues of the day. voting rights is one, a topic over which she could begin to make her case. >> yeah, i think it's fascinating, back in 2007, 2008, the big divide that hillary clinton and barack obama were trying to divide up the african-american votes, and it flipped dramatic
. that's how one republican is describing changes to obama care, creating a loophole and potentially higher bills for you. this is "special report." good evening, i am shannon bream in for bret baier. there are new questions about exceptions to the health care law, involving exemptions in washington and concessions for insurance companies. we have fox team coverage. jim angle reports on the double standard of creators and implement ors of obama care not having to participate. we begin with correspondent wendell goler traveling with the president in martha's vineyard that could leave you paying more out of pocket. good evening, wendell. >> reporter: good evening, shannon. the concession involves the cap on out of pocket costs to go into effect next year, it could double costs for people that use one to manage medical coverage and another for prescription drug benefits. as the president settled in to vacation life on martha's vineyard, word of a new obama care concession to insurance companies, involving the $6300 a year cap on deductibles and co-pays that was supposed to go into effec
forward to three dozen states that the best way to keep future obamas out of the white house is to keep african-americans and young people who don't think that much about race out of the voting booth. a couple more things. got to kill any evidence we ever had an african-american president. got to get that obama care off the books. ted cruz will shut down the u.s. government to get that job done. finally, why not? let's impeach the guy. let's run him out of town on a rail. let's tar and feather him. let's really mess up that record by putting the word into the history books, there was talk of impeachment on his watch, even if they can't find a reason for it, unless it's one big fat reason everyone sees. it's the number on his back, 44. how do way get into the books that this guy really wasn't president? if we can't convince people he came from africa, can't kill the african-american vote that elected him, can't kill his historic accomplishment in health care, let's bring him up on charges. let's string him up, boys, so nobody will ever say he was president, much less a pretty good presid
. will the united states use military force against that country and when? >> president obama is speaking out about syria. he said he's considering a military attack when he called a shot across syria. he wants to deter the use of chemical weapons. offer in his interview he also said he has not made a final decision. >> i have gotten options from our military, i had extensive discussion with our national security team. so let me talk about what's at stake here. we understand terrible things have been happening in syria for quite some time, that the assad regime there has been killing it's own people by the tens of thousands. there are sectarian arguments that have spilled over in bloodshed and escalated over the last couple of years. although what has happened there is tragic, and i have called for assad to leave and make sure that we've got a transitional government that could be inclusive in syria, what i've also concluded that direct military engagement involvement in the civil war in syria would not help the situation on the grouped. >> tonight the state department is criticizing what it calls
in syria as a response for the use of chemical weapons. president obama also speaking yesterday, saying he is still waiting operation -- us bill weighing options -- still weighing options. we want to hear from you about not only what was given, information wise, but if you are convinced by it. here is how you can weigh in this morning. republicans,for democrats,0 offor independents.or you can reach out to us on facebook, off of twitter, and at journal@c-span.org. it was a four-page document that was put out by the administration, showing some of the cases they are making as far as what they have found in syria. this is what was unclassified, not everything was put out there. you can also find this document at our website, c-span.org. a little bit from it -- also it says -- there is more to the document and the information that was given by the administration yesterday. kerry givingstate the case, we will show some of those clips as well during the course of our first 45 minutes together. for the information that was given on syria yesterday, we want to get your thoughts and if you were con
and a leading civil rights figure in the obama administration announcing a major overhaul to ease government drug sentencing guidelines. holder was clear this isn't just about perform reforming an outdated, inefficient and expensive war on drugs, he said. this is about reforming a judicial system of inequality system that will abuses blacks and minorities. this is holdser speak how they're disproportionately involved in that system. >> we also must confront the reality that once they're in that system, people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers. in recent years, black male offenders have received sentences nearly 20% longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. this isn't just unacceptable. it is shameful. >> now, the second case in new york city where a federal judge demolished the city's tactics surrounding a controversial stop and frisk law, the law has become a flash point for racial tensions nationwide not unlike stand your ground in the trayvon martin case. in her ruling, the judge said that tens of thousand of new yorkers had their rights
obama speaking thursday from martha's vineyard about the violence in egypt. the message seems clear. we can't expect democratic reform overpass in egypt. we have to ask when the military wipes out the results of what many may have been imperfect but democratic in nature election how are we to think the country is starting down the path. i want to bring back in mona on that very question. we saw mubarak, 40-year dictator step down in february 2011. we are now really only two years on. can we really have expected egypt to stand up a u.s. style democracy in such a short time? are these the growing pains of democracy or is egypt really fundamentally off the rails. >> you know, what i think is happening we're appreciated for the unpredictability we have. for too long egypt was considered predictable. for too long five u.s. administrations support add dictator at the expense of the people for the sake of stability. so it's that kind of predictability i'm gladys gone. again, i condemn all the blood letting but we have to get this out of our system. this is a mess but it's a necessary mess beca
and chemical weapons and what president obama is planning to do about it. >> the obama administration says there is very little doubt -- >> we believe there is very little doubt about culpability. >> the syrian government used chemical weapons. >> did a chemical weapons attack occur? >> what is before us today is real. >> the answer to that question is yes. >> president obama is weighing military options against syria. >> i have no affection for mr. assad. >> there is no solution as we have long made clear that includes assad. >> but at the same time i am less sure of the resistance. >> in that sense there's a big worry. >> should they let this chemical attack go unanswered? >> i do think action is going to occur. >> this morning a team of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors arrived in damascus. >> shots were fired at the u.n. team inside syria. >> their vehicle was deliberately shot at by unidentified snipers. >> the u.n. investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons. >> the question remains what might the intervention look like? >> it's very, very complicated. >> i don't
, beck, or o'reilly. >> my contention is that the obama administration is encouraging parasites to come out and, you know, take as much as they can with no remorse. and this is how a country declines. this is how we become a weak nation. >> so if you need food stamps, you're a parasite. that wasn't exactly his language when he supported billions of dollars to bail out bankers in need. but this is the heartless talk we keep hearing from the right. and bill o'reilly is hardly alone. tea party senator rand paul is comparing the use of food stamps to slavery. in an interview he said access to food and water is not a right, because, quote, once you conscript people and say oh, it's a right, then really you're in charge. it's servitude. you're in charge of me, and i'm supposed to do whatever you want to tell me to do. so if you take food stamps, you're accepting servitude. senator, what about if you're hungry? and it doesn't stop at food stamps. here is what republican congressman dave joyce was caught on tape saying about the unemployed. >> there's three million jobs every month in this coun
that president obama mentioned the efforts, talking about the larger issues of college funding and those kinds of things. he also talked about spending efforts and efforts by the republicans on these matters. he the -- he made his thoughts known on it. [video clip] >> we had to make some modifications when it comes to long-term entitlement programs of a are here for young people when they are ready for retirement. we don't have an urgent deficit crisis. the only crisis we have is one that is manufactured in washington. it is ideological. we basic notion is that should not be helping people get healthcare and we should not be helping kids who cannot help themselves and whose parents are under resourced and we should not be helping them get a leg up. some of the proposals we have seen talk about even deeper cuts in programs like head start. even deeper cuts in education and support, even deeper cuts in basic science and research. that is like eating your corn seed. it is like being penny wise and pound foolish. if young people are not succeeding, if we are not spending on research and maintain o
, clinton, bush again. why when we get to obama do we need some special id? >> the justice department is already suing texas to stop its new voter id law and reports say that north carolina's extreme voting restrictions will likely be next in line for attorney general eric holder, who also spoke on saturday. >> we must remember generations who carry themselves on a day-to-day basis with great dignity in the face of unspeakable injustice. but for them, i would not be attorney general of the united states and barack obama would not be president of the united states of america. this struggle must and will go on in the cause of our nation's quest for justice. until every eligible american has the chance to exercise his or her right to vote, unencumbered by discriminatory or unneeded procedures, rules, or practices. >> the thousands who came out this weekend are ready to continue that quest for justice. >> we're on our way to north carolina. we're on our way to texas. we're on our way to florida. and when they ask us for our voter id, take out a photo of medgar evers, take out a photo of g
, a republican from north carolina. he should be the poster child for obama era conservatism in the house. he won a seat last year and already put his name on over a dozen bills to repeal parts or all of president obama's signature health care law. but when pittinger faced the locals at a town hall monday, he found himself confronted by tea party conservatives who demanded to know if he'd vote against any federal spending bill to implement obama care, even if that means shutting down the entire federal government. >> real quick easy question, this is what the tea party wants to know, will you vote with mike lee and meadows here to defund obama care? yes or no. [ applause ] >> a thoughtful answer? >> i want yes or no. >> no. >> that answer, as you can see, did not go over well. the crowd began pushing back against pittenger who said even if it passed the house, it would never pass the democratic senate and would never be signed by president obama. that only enraged the crowd even more. >> will you make a stand to get them back on board. >> do you think hair harry reid is going to pass it. >> it do
it here on msnbc. >>> the intelligence community continues to respond to president obama's move to enact new guidelines to make government surveillance more transparent. former cia and nsa director michael hayden noted today that the president never actually said anything had been done wrong. >> to me, the most telling thing she said was perhaps something he didn't quite say. he didn't suggest he was going to operationally change this program. i mean, there's no suggestion that what he was doing, and what president bush was doing before him with regard to these programs was anything other than lawful, effective and appropriate. >> on "meet the press," republican iowa congressman steve king stood by his comments about immigrants he made last month, saying that his remarks about drug smugglers outnumbering valedictorians were accurate and new legislation granting the shorter path to citizenship would not differentiate between the two groups. >> my heart goes out to the valedictorians brought here by their parents. but we cannot put our sympathies for people in that condition greater than o
town halls, oklahoma senator tom coburn throws around the "i" word when talking about president obama. impeachment. >> those are serious things but we are at a serious time and so whether -- i don't have the legal background to know if that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors. but i think they are getting perilously close, quite frankly, to think he's in a difficult position he's put himself in and if it continues, i think we are going to have another constitutional kris in our president in terms of the president. >> he isn't the only one spending the recess talking around that buzz word. here is why it has people talking. this is a republican who calls the president a friend. the president even pinned the write-up on the senator when he made this year's time 100. >> he said, now the president is a good friend of mine and i consider him a friend. can you imagine how he treats people who aren't his friend? >> he is an intelligent man. he is a smart politician. one day he says let's shut down the government and defend obama care and then he goes to a town hall and panders like there i
say, what is your positive replacement for obama care. they will have zero answer. >> that's not true. i've had an answer. >> they don't have a product to sell. >> it's not a bad thing at all. >> they are not rehabilitating. they a they are retrenching. >> i don't know why senator paul's so out of whack about this. >> the party's big enough for both of us. >> a healthy family debate is not a bad thing at all. >> i worked on my hair a long time and you hit it. >>> we've got a lot to get to today as egypt's interim cabinet met to discuss a way forward following bloody days of conflict. first, president obama heads to new york and pennsylvania to promote education as an engine of economic growth. he's not the only one hitting the road in the days ahead. chris crossing the country to build support for a plan to defund oak care by shutting down the government. it may still be obvious, but the fall drama is already under way. that shutdown scheme is striking fear in the heart of republican leader who is have come to grips with the fact that it won't score any political points and that time
in the eye and you say, what is your positive replacement for obama care. they will have zero answer. >> that's not true. i've had an answer. >> they don't have a product to sell. >> it's not a bad thing at all. >> they are not rehabilitating. they a they are retrenching. >> i don't know why senator paul's so out of whack about this. >> the party's big enough for both of us. >> a healthy family debate is not a bad thing at all. >> i worked on my hair a long time and you hit it. >>> we've got a lot to get to today as egypt's interim cabinet met to discuss a way forward following bloody days of conflict. first, president obama heads to new york and pennsylvania to promote education as an engine of economic growth. he's not the only one hitting the road in the days ahead. chris crossing the country to build support for a plan to defund oak care by shutting down the government. it may still be obvious, but the fall drama is already under way. that shutdown scheme is striking fear in the heart of republican leader who is have come to grips with the fact that it won't score any political points and
report. i'm amy goodman. the obama administration has announced it will keep 19 embassies in north africa and the middle east closed from to a week due to fears of a possible military threat. ramped up security measures were in place over the weekend that some of the 22 diplomatic posts shattered by the concerns. saxby chambliss, the top republican on the senate intelligence committee, said intercepted communications were reminiscent of what was heard before the 9/11 attacks. credited the nsa spy programs with detecting the threat. >> these programs are controversial. . we understand that. very important. there are what lead us to have or allow us to have the ability to gather this chatter that i refer to. if we did not have these programs, then we simply would not be able to listen in on the bad guys. the 702ay, it is program that has allowed us to pick up on this chatter. that is the program that allows us to listen overseas, not on domestic soil, but overseas. >> opponents of the nsa sweeping program held action sunday. the group protested in several u.s. cities on what it dubbed 1984
at the request of president obama. listen to this. >> we have no credibility. we do have influence but when you don't use that influence then you do not have that influence. we could be cutting off the aid, the spare parts and maintenance of these military equipment that we've given the egyptians is, important to their capabilities. jon: and just today, state media reports that a lawyer for former president hosni mubarak says the dictator who ruled egypt for more than 30 years will soon be freed from jail. chief white house correspondent ed henry is life at the white house. the news on mubarak, ed, may add some more ammunition to those folks who say we should cut off aid to egypt. >> reporter: you're right, jon. remember hosni mubarak is in jail in part for not stopping the killing of some 900 protesters in egypt a couple years ago. there are fears that releasing him from prison will only spark more violence in egypt and in fact will lead to reprisals from the muslim brotherhood upset that mubarak's successor, mow happened morsi, of the muslim brotherhood was knocked out by the egyptian militar
. the asad regime says the claim is baseless. here is what president obama said a year ago. nowe have communicated in uncertain terms what every player in the region -- with every player in the region that that is a line -- red line for us. >> senator john mccain says the red line threat is a joke. >> the president of the united states says it would be a red line and a game changer. he now sees that as a green light. means the word of the president of the united states can no longer be taken seriously. >> president obama said he is sympathetic to mccain's passion, but he adds, sometimes what we have seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff, and it doesn't turn out well. the president says we have to think through strategically what will be in will be in our long- term international interest even while we do everything we can to put pressure on those who would kill innocent civilians. let me ask you this. when the president says the use of chemical weapons is a red line, what does that mean? >> it means nothing because the government already said on the tha
underwear. get a free sample and try for yourself. president obama will turn from hitting the links to hitting the road next week. the president who has golfed during both days of his vacation so far is going on a bus tour to promote his plan to encourage middle class yob creation and he'll be going to new york and pennsylvania. >>> michelle obama has recruited big name performers to her let's move campaign to fight childhood obesity. >>> officials voted monday to ban a clown who morked president obama at the missouri state fair over the weekend. the clown had worn a mask of the president and encouraged a bull to run him down. >>> sometimes you can't always go home again. disgraced san diego mayor bob filner, accused of sexually harassing 17 women have completed behavioral therapy but may not be able to get back in his office. apparently, someone had the locks changed! a spokesman for the city's attorney office told politico the office does not order the locks changed but they are away it happened. >>> if you read only one thing this morning my thanks to "vanity fair" to find the be
president obama visited arizona. and just look who went to the airport to greet him, republican governor jan brewer. look, she is all smiles. gee, isn't that a big change from her last airport pickup. last year, governor brewer was waving her finger in the president's face. she was defiant. back then, she was one of the health care law's strongest critics. that was then. this is now. just listen to her sing the praises of the law just last month. >> in a few minutes, i will sign into law legislation that extends cost-effective health care to hundreds of thousands of arizona's working poor, our friends and our neighbors in need. this legislation will protect arizona's hospitals. it will create thousands of jobs, and it will save lives. >> you heard the governor. it will save lives. it will create jobs. eight other republican governors agree. they want the president's health care lawfully implemented in their states. the law is here to stay. but that hasn't stopped the far right from threatening to shut down the government in order to defund the law. the tea party types are so obsessed that th
obama has failed. a day after egypt's military backed interim government slaughtered hundreds of protesters and assumed sweeping emergency powers, obama still could not bring himself to call what is happening a coup. he described it as an intervention. what do you make of that? >> particularly some of the other analysts have suggested that. i think we saw this when mccain and lindsey graham were there. the military said it's no longer a piece of leverage. that's the explanation we were getting out of the administration, the money we were giving to the military, that's our leverage. that's not even a leverage point at this point. so to gene's point, there's not a good reason why we couldn't have come forward and taken a stronger stand. if the thing that we thought was going to be our lempverage poin is now gone, then we need to find a different leverage point or find a better way to stand on the side of the people. >> ayman, before we let you go, we talk every day about the role of the united states in all of this and there are now sort of renewed calls for the u.s. to end its
in part this, one of the least attractive legacies of barack obama will be the way he empowered freshman senators to believe they were only one or two good speeches away from the presidency. right now the show horses of the united states senate are rand paul of kentucky, ted cruz of texas, and marco rubio of florida. all preparing for a 2016 presidential bid. all making visits to iowa. they're the new faces of the republican party. really, really new. the three of them have an average age of 45 and an average tenure in washington of 1.9 years. that's not necessarily a bad thing. >> no. it's awful. >> paul and cruz in particular tend to drive other republican senators nuts. asked by the new republic whether he would support rand paul or hillary clinton for president, mccain laughed and said, it's going to be a tough choice. actually, it wouldn't. if rand paul got nominated for president, mccain would be the honorary national chairman of republicans for hillary. >> you know, this is one of the things that, mike, has driven me crazy about republicans that have been talking about marco rubio
and chris christie. and president obama is not giving up on trying to get congress to do the right thing. >> president obama is heading to the hill a little bit later on today. >> president obama had pep rallies with house and senate democrats. he kept his message tight and focused. >> jobs, middle class. >> basically just another internal campaign rally. >> not everyone thinks that is a great idea. >> just a further vision of a widely planned pan. >> also, you see what ted cruz said? there are a lot of politicians who say they are opposed to obama care. >> stand for principles, stand up and be funded. don't fund obama care. >> he is comparing mitch mcconnell to barack obama. >> our top political priority should be to deny president obama a second term. >> go back to the lesbian food co-op. >> would-be thieves ramming a pickup truck. >> but first, senate officials are grilling top candidates. >> pertaining to the controversial collection of millions of telephone records. >> there are checks at multiple levels. >> don't expect there is no risk or consequences. >> the new york city mayoral
. well, last week president obama announced the creation of an independent group of outside experts to review the intelligence gathering and reviewing of information by the nsa, all in hopes of maintaining the trust of the people and that there is no abuse. >> obama: we're reviewing our intelligence technologies. i'm asking this independent group to step back and review our capabilities, particularly our surveillance technologies. >> michael: well yesterday baracpresident obama revealed te person in charge of this review panel will be james clapper, the very person in charge of the nsa spying practices, the same practices that the panel is investigating. to make matters worse he lied about to congress in march. >> what i wanted to see is if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question. does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans. >> no, sir. >> it does not? >> not wittingly. >> michael: when accused of lying when the nsa was, in fact, spying on americans, he said this on msnbc. >> i responded in what i thought was the most tr
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